Commissioners open bids, receive grant

By Haylee Pence

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TROY – The Miami County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 19. During their meeting, they authorized eight resolutions.

Charlotte Colley, Miami County administrator, announced to the Miami County Commissioners that Miami County received a $20,000 grant from Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission for the Livable and Age-Friendly Communities Project.

Following the meeting, the commissioners participated in a bid opening for the Miami County Courthouse HVAC Project through the Department of Operations and Facilities.

The bids for the HVAC Project include the following:

• Regal Plumbing and Heating Company – Sidney

• Waibel Energy Systems – Vandalia

The commissioners also participated in opening Statements of Qualifications for the Space Utilization and Facility Master Plan through the Department of Operations and Facilities. The statements include the following:

• Burgess & Niple, Inc – Columbus

• Freytag & Associates – Sidney

• McGill Smith Punshon Engineering Inc. – Cincinnati

• App Architecture – Englewood

• Champlin Architecture – Cincinnati

• Brandstetter Carroll Inc. – Lexington, KY

• VSWC Architects – Mason

• CGL Companies – Lexington, KY

Awarding of bids were deferred until staff could make its recommendations.

Also on Tuesday, the first resolution authorized involved accepting additional highway easements for Owens Road in Newton Township, which was requested by the County Engineer’s Office.

The next two resolutions were for the resignations of Megan Copeland, legal specialist for the Department of Job and Family Services and Amy Waters, social services supervisor 1 for the Department of Job and Family Services.

Therefore, the next resolution was to authorize the employee requisitions for a full-time legal specialist for the Department of Job and Family Services at a pay range of $13.39-$20.66/hour depending on qualifications, as well as a full-time social services supervisor 1 position with the Department of Job and Family Services with a pay range of $20.78-$32.06/hour depending on qualifications.

Then, the commissioners approved the purchase of ArcGIS licenses for the Miami County Communication Center. The upgrade is needed due to the current system being outdated, which will allow the Communication Center to make improvements to their flex mapping capabilities. The cost shall not exceed $22,256.

The next resolution was for the extended warranties for the Dell Compellent storage units for the storage arrays at the Communication Center and the Hobart Center backup site. The servers will be seven years old in August 2023. After this renewal warranty period expires, the servers will be replaced. The cost of the extended warranties is $14.031.06.

Then, the commissioners approved the purchase of five Purvis Fire Station Alerting System Basic Controllers for Piqua, Tipp City, and three Troy stations requested by the Communication Center Director. The system will allow the stations to receive calls more rapidly. The cost of the purchase shall not exceed $73,204.50.

The final resolution proclaims April 22 as Miami County Council on Rural Services, Inc (CORS) Appreciation Day. “The CORS employees in the Gateway, ACES, and Head Start programs have fulfilled the mission of providing a unique mix of learning and social experience to develop competence, motivation, and behavior of a better life and stronger community,” according to the Miami County Commissioners.

On Monday, April 18, the Miami County Commissioners also met with the county auditor and others to discuss financing for the county’s building projects for the year and the following year. The projects include the Miami County Commerce Center, the Miami County Fairgrounds Grandstand Project, the Miami County Fairgrounds Agriculture Administrative Building, among other projects. The commissioners requested another meeting with more accurate numbers for construction costs and leasing costs for tenants. The next meeting is Monday, May 2 at 11 a.m.